Upon returning from a long weekend this past Memorial Day, our dog ran to the bushes to alert us that something was terribly wrong. What Jeff found was our Maine Coon Percy nearly lifeless, his face savagely maimed. We rushed him to an animal hospital, and our 15 lb baby has been gone ever since, residing now at a special Veterinary hospital.
Our life has been an emotionally exhausting, never-ending ride of one hour (each way) vet trips, vet phone calls, and visits (and snuggles) with a cat who has undergone something so terrible I struggle to put it into words. His face has literally been removed, and he's been a champion through many sedations and procedures. Everything between his eye lids and his upper lip is gone, and on June 8th the surgeon performed reconstructive surgery to take a flap of skin from Percy's neck and place it across his face. One eye is working almost normally. The right eye is currently covered. He has a newly created nose that he seems to be breathing fine out of.
Through this entire process, every vet and vet tech has marveled at what an amazing cat he is, saying that he is an ideal patient. They are in awe of his spirit, and they have all become very attached to him. Dr. Krebs, his main surgeon, wakes up at night thinking about Percy, he said. He also said at this point, he will do anything it takes to fix this. He sees a lot of cases where it wouldn't be right by the cat to keep going on, but with Percy, he said, "if we fix this, he can go home and live a happy, normal life just like any other cat." And that is why we are fighting so hard to keep Percy with us.
Percy has been at the hospital and in intensive care since May 27. At this point, we have no idea when to expect him home (though we have a special place set up for him!). Funds raised would help cover his very extended hospital stay, as well as the vet's work, the incredibly in depth procedures, and the medicine needed for Percy to come home. He'll never look like a normal cat, but we don't care about that. He's shown everyone at the hospital how beautiful he is, even without a face. We've known how beautiful his spirit is for years. If there's a chance he can come home and live a happy life, we can't give up on him now.
We realize how large the amount is, but any little bit will help, even if it just covers gas to get us there to visit with Percy. Anything will be greatly appreciated.
Jeff and Kiley
- Suzanne Harris
- Gypsy Rebel
- Amanda Makepeace